Roofs are durable, resistant, but at the same time vulnerable structures. The best way to maximize the lifespan of your commercial roof is to check it regularly for damage, at least twice a year and after each major storm. Either go on the roof yourself to inspect it or call a Fort Worth Roofing Company inspection professional to perform the task.
Here is how to do it and what to look for:
- Inspect the roof from the ground – walk around the building and check the ground for fallen roofing materials, then look up on the roof to check for signs of large-scale damage and for areas that are covered in moss, leaves or algae;
- Put on proper safety equipment, then go up on the roof to perform a more thorough inspection, especially in the problem areas identified while on the ground;
- Depending on the type of the roof, look for cracked or chipped tiles, for curled or buckled shingles, for missing components. If you have a shingle roof, check for areas where surface granules are missing – it is a clear sign of damage;
- Check the gutters, the downsprouts, the vents and the roof overhangs for cracks and other signs of damage and remove any accumulation of debris that might obstruct the water flow;
- If there is an attic under your commercial roof, check it for signs of water penetrating underneath the roof.